Sinful Discontent

Current events and the resulting “at home” status in many areas of the world tempt us to desire other than what we have. We want to be able to choose where we go, when we can go there, and what we can do once we get there. However, we must remember key truths about God in order to prevent sinful discontent from sprouting and flourishing. My intent is to briefly examine these truths over the course of several blog posts.

Sinful discontent desires the fulfillment of human goals… now. It believes that we should not have longings that remain unfulfilled because contentment is defined by the achievement of our lives proceeding as we desire rather than according to God’s plan. In other words, it says that God does not know what He is doing because He is not wise, loving, and good.
(From “Learning to Be Content”)

What does this say about our thoughts such as:

  • “I can’t stand being cooped up in the house with my family all the time.”
  • ”I deserve to have the income I’ve had for the last several years.”
  • “What are we going to do if things don’t change soon?”

Scripture has the answer:

”Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” (Philippians 2:14)

”Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)

”For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? …You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25, 30-34)

Scripture specifically commands us to derive contentment from who God is, not from the circumstances of our lives. It is sin to do otherwise. This is the first truth to recognize in our quest for peaceful contentment. In future posts, as we look at God’s attributes we will see how these glorious truths make contentment attainable. Let’s have more than “little faith” and trust God to work good in all of our circumstances (Romans 8:28).

Question for Reflection selected from “Learning to Be Content”:

How does a focus on God impact what we know to be true about our circumstances?

 

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